Getting in Touch
I grew up near Iowa City, Iowa, and I really like the area. Other places I have lived for more than a few consecutive months — in chronological order: Champaign and Urbana, Illinois; Golden, Colorado; Kirkland, Redmond, and Seattle, Washington.
I have worked in both research and non-research roles. Currently, I am living the dream at Walk Score.
I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in May 2007. I specialized in scientific computing and am particularly interested in algorithm and data structure design and development. My dissertation, titled Efficient Setup Algorithms for Parallel Algebraic Multigrid, focused on parallel coarse grid selection algorithms for algebraic multigrid (AMG) and was conducted under the guidance of my advisors Luke Olson and Paul Saylor.
I earned a M.S. in Computer Science at UIUC in 2004 under the guidance of Paul Saylor. My Masters research was influenced heavily by the work I did in my first summer at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Shortly after completing my Ph.D., I started a postdoctoral position in the Scientific Computing Center (now the Materials and Computational Science Center) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
My primary project at NREL was part of a computational systems biology project called “Green Energy: Advancing Bio-hydrogen“. Briefly, the project aims to: (1) construct a comprehensive metabolic model for the hydrogen-producing green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii; (2) produce high-performance software for solving problems arising from the rate equations encoded in the model.
In February 2009 I started a position at Microsoft in which I have researched topics in numerical linear algebra and other areas of scientific computing and currently contribute to a math project.
- D. M. Alber. Modifying CLJP to select grid hierarchies with lower operator complexities and better performance. Numer. Linear Algebra Appl., 13:87-104, 2006.
- D. M. Alber and L. N. Olson. Parallel coarse grid selection. Numer. Linear Algebra Appl., 14:611-643, 2007.
- C. Chang, D. Alber, P. Graf, K. Kim, and M. Seibert. Addressing unknown constants and metabolic
network behaviors through petascale computing: understanding H2 production in green algae. J.
Phys.: Conf. Ser., 78 012011, 2007.
- C. H. Chang, P. Graf, D. M. Alber, K. Kim, G. Murray, M. Posewitz, and M. Seibert. Photons, photosynthesis, and high-performance computing: challenges, progress, and promise of modeling metabolism in green algae. J. Phys.: Conf. Ser., 125 012048, 2008.
- D. M. Alber and L. N. Olson. Coarsening invariance and bucket-sorted independent sets for algebraic multigrid. Electron. Trans. Numer. Anal., 37:367-385, 2010.
- M. Lunacek, A. Nag, D. M. Alber, K. Gruchalla, C. H. Chang, and P. A. Graf. Simulation, characterization, and optimization of metabolic models with the High Performance Systems Biology Toolkit. SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 33:3402-3424, 2011.